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Thursday, September 18, 2014

MUST Watch Derek Jeter "Goodbye" Commercial Will Make Real Baseball Fans Cry (Even Fans Who Hate The Yankees)

As a lifelong NY Mets fan I hate the Yankees, I can't help it...it must be genetics. Yet Derek Jeter is different, especially for a real baseball fan. You see Jeter harkens back to the good old days of the sport, when a superstar spent his entire career with one team. Beyond his baseball talent and the fact he played hard every time he put on the uniform, Jeter has class. Something one can't really explain but can recognize it when they see it.

This commercial made me cry, not as a Mets fan who still hates everything to with the big ball yard in the Bronx, but as a baseball fan who still remembers when you could get in to the stadium two hours before the game, talk to the players and get autographs for free. A baseball fan who remembers when you got too close to the plate when Bob Gibson was pitching the next pitch would be a 95 mph+ fastball at your head, when the greatest player ever to put on a glove, Willie Mays would catch anything hit to the outfield with his unique basket style, then fire the ball back home. Mays didn't have an arm--he had a rocket launcher.  Those were the days when Hank Aaron still the only man to legitimately hit more home runs than Babe Ruth would launch balls into the stands seemingly with a flick of the wrist.

Those were the times when pitchers threw complete games, batters ran out every ground ball and though the price of a ticket was much lower, the value of going to the ball park was much higher.

 That was the game I fell in love with as a child. Jeter is a throw back to that era. If you are that kind of fan, watch the video below it will make you cry.


'Moderate' Fatah Is Promoting Terrorism On Its Facebook Page

Fatah, the political party created by terrorist Yasser Arafat, now run by "moderate" Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, continues to talk peace in English but war in Arabic. An early September post on Fatah's official Facebook page includes a video promoting terrorism and promising Allah's support in launching rockets against Israel.

The video begins with a quote from the Koran, "And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision."

It follows with the story of "The heroic Martyr Muhammad Majdi Abu Shawish ‘Al-Za’anin," who was a member of Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and killed after firing rockets at Israel during Operation Protective Edge. After displaying the dead Muhammad Majdi Abu Shawish the background music changes to include singing:
...Fire RPGs, launch the KN rockets.
Shoot, Muhammad, do not fear, sow terror among the enemy’s soldiers.

Fire RPGs, launch the KN rockets.
Shoot, Muhammad, do not fear,
Sow terror among the enemy’s soldiers...

Launch your rockets,
Make the sons of Zion tremble and burn.
O Muhammad Ibn Al-Za’anin, man of Fatah, you will not be humiliated...”
 Watch the video below:

Ready For Hillary PAC's New Logo Says 'Vote For Hillary-->She's Got Lady Parts'

Whenever there is a liberal guest on the Hugh Hewitt program the hosts asks for a list of Clinton's State Department accomplishments. Despite their love of everything Clinton, not one of them has ever come up with an answer. There is a reason for their inability to come up with a Hillary accomplishment--she has none.

MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" revealed a new logo for the Hillary for president PAC "Ready For Hillary" Thursday Morning. The imagery is clear. If elected Ms Clinton would break through the glass ceiling and become the first woman president. In other words, they couldn't come up with accomplishments either, their best message is a simple, "Vote For Hillary-->She's Got "Lady Parts."

Hey maybe I should run for POTUS, "Vote For Jeff--->He's Got No Hair"


Rep. Jason Chaffetz Reports 4 W/Terrorist Ties Arrested on 9/10 Near U.S. Southern Border (No MSM Coverage)

I have reason to believe that on September 10th there were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border who were apprehended at two different stations that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Are you not aware of that? -Rep Jason Chaffetz To DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. 9/17/2014 
Wednesday was a big day for Congressional Hearings. The mainstream media was all over the initial public meeting of the House Special Committee on Benghazi, then there was the spectacle of Secretary of State John Kerry testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee trying to sell the President's plan to "destroy" ISIS. That late-afternoon meeting included classic sparring between Sen. Corker (R-TN) and Kerry, and Sen. McCain (R-AZ) and Kerry. The committee with the most important revelations was the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, sadly that was also the committee that received the least amount of coverage.

The Counterterrorism Committee revealed why every American should be worried about the porous border between the United States and Mexico. Not only did the hearing reveal the ease by which potential terrorists come into this county, but the Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson either did not know or lied about not knowing about the problem.

Wednesday night Chaffetz discussed the hearing with Megyn Kelly on FNC's "The Kelly Files (full interview embedded below). The segment began with a clip from Wednesday's hearing:
Chaffetz to Jeh Johnson: My concern is that the -- I have reason to believe that on September 10th there were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border who were apprehended at two different stations that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Are you not aware of that?
Johnson: I've heard reports to that effect. I don't know the accuracy of the reports or how much credence to give them. But I’ve heard reports to that effect.

Chaffetz: And I guess that's my concern that you as a secretary does that information rise to the level of the secretary?
If that doesn't frighten you yet...look at the conversation that took place after the clip was over:
Kelly: (…) you first asked him, have we ever apprehended anybody who's a known terrorist or suspected terrorist trying to come across the border? And he said ‘sitting here right now; no specific case comes to mind. That doesn't mean there is none, perhaps FBI Director Comey can think of one. But nothing's coming to mind.’ And then you as a good lawyer zeroed in and said, well, my concern is I believe it actually did happen as recently as September 10th and it was four people who tried to come across and you tried to apprehend them and only then he said I have heard reports to that effect. Do I have that about right?

Chaffetz: That's exactly right, Megyn. He's the Secretary of Homeland Security. You need to know this. He was sworn in on September 23rd last year. He says he doesn't know the answer to that. The answer unfortunately is yes. We captured -- there are 466,000 people that have been captured crossing our borders over the last 351 days, yet by homeland security's own numbers 157,000 people got away. And the people we did capture, they come from 143 different countries, 13 were from Syria, six were from Iraq, four were from Iran. We had four people with known ties from a Middle Eastern country captured having already crossed the border, our southern border in Texas, four people captured from a Middle Eastern country with known ties to a terrorist country and he doesn't know the answer to that question.
Obviously this exchange goes against the MSM position that comprehensive immigration reform must be passed now, which may be the reason it wasn't covered except for FNC.

Chaffetz's information points to the reason before anything about immigration reform is discussed America's borders must be verified as secured. And that verification must come from an independent source.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that was signed into law by Ronald Reagan promised border security, but Congress never funded the increased security.

The Secure Fence Act of 2006 promised building 700 miles of double security fencing along the Mexico-United States border. The law also authorizes more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting as well as authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce infrastructure at the border.

Of the almost 700 miles of mandated fencing, DHS reports there are currently 36.3 miles of double-layered fencing, as the bill required, the kind with enough gap that you can drive a vehicle between the layers. The President claims the fencing has been built,  but the majority of the fence erected consists of vehicle barriers with single-layer pedestrian fencing, the kind of barriers that are designed to stop vehicles rather than people (see below).


The bill passed in the Senate supposedly doubles the number of border agents and completes the border fence promised in the 2006 legislation.  There is no guarantee those actions will be taken because the amnesty elements of the bill will be enacted whether those actions are taken or not. The bill also contains a provision giving the head of Homeland Security discretion to nix the border protection elements of the bill. Other provisions allow the Homeland Security Secretary to validate that certain triggers were met---this or only other administration in power when the bill is enacted gets to verify whether or not they did their job. That is as promising a thought as the Department of Justice investigating the DOJ, and the State Department investigating the State Department---both of which have happened in this administration.

It's not just Obama, bills with provisions to secure the border passed under Reagan and Bush #43 were not executed as passed, why should America trust a promise today?

Understandably many Latinos see rejection of comprehensive immigration reform as a slur "gee the anti-Immigration crown doesn't want more people like me in the country." Sadly they have been fooled the same way many of my fellow Jews have been fooled into believing that Obama supports Israel.

The issue isn't about more Latinos coming into this county, the real issue is the people coming across the border that may have nefarious objectives just like the four people with terrorist ties arrested the day before 9/11 described by Rep. Chaffetz. This is about protecting the children of all Americans including those with Latino parents.

History has taught us that legislation promising border security never get implemented, that is why before anything else having to do with immigration must wait until the border is proven to be secure. And it's all borders, northern, southern, people who walk in, fly in etc. The Senate bill could have done that....but it didn't. And the sick part about the border security debate is if the Democrats allowed security to happen, it will be impossible for comprehensive reform to be blocked---even if it includes some sort of amnesty.

Once the border is secured we can discuss the rest. And yes that is going to have to include some sort of Amnesty for the illegal immigrants in the country right now. Do real background checks, fine them for breaking the law, ensure them permanent residence status while denying them full citizenship---any combination of the above, but the United States is not going to track down twelve million people and throw them out of the country...it's just not right.  But nothing can or should happen before we can guarantee that almost everyone coming into the country comes here legally and that the federal government knows who is coming into the United States.

The borders were generally secure when my grandparents came here over a century ago, and today it is even more crucial.  Securing the border will not be perfect, nor will it guarantee to protect our children from terrorists---but without the security as Rep. Chaffetz describes above, without security our children are more likely to be killed by a terrorist trying to prove some sick political message.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cover-up Of Heathcare.gov Disaster Outlined in New Congressional Report

At this point in his presidency another report of Obama or his administration covering up potential scandalous news might seem passe' but think of this one as a continuation of the Obamacare website mess from last October.

The House Oversight Committee has released a report offering a detailed and document based account regarding intra-agency infighting and efforts to cover-up the truth about the screwed-up October 2013 launch of HealthCare.gov.

Key findings in the report which is embedded below:
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials contemplated a “covert ops mission” to circumvent incompetent CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] officials: “I grow weary of the bullshit passive/aggressiveness of [CMS official] Henry [Chao], or rather his lack of engagement to the point that we can only speculate that it is passive/aggressiveness. … The other way to do this is through a complete covert ops mission to unseat the CMS FFE rules engine.”
  • When HHS employee Julie Herron transferred to CMS before the website’s launch, she funneled information about security testing to HHS’s Bryan Sivak, who told Ms. Herron “I don’t want to tell anyone that we talk anymore.” Mr. Sivak used Ms. Herron’s information about system readiness results to recommend that HHS “declare victory without fully launching [the website].”
  • CMS official Teresa Fryer acknowledged that that other CMS officials did not properly convey the true state of security testing leading up to the launch: “Kevin Charest [HHS CISO] has asked for an update of the FFM testing by noon tomorrow and I’m going to give him a truthful update of exactly what is going on. I am tired of the cover ups.”
  • When CMS officials were unhappy with the negative results of MITRE’s independent security assessment, CMS’s Thomas Schankweiler sought to have it changed: “We need to hit the pause button on this report and have an internal meeting about it later next week. It is important to look at this within the context of the decision memos and ATO memo that is going up for Tony [Trenkle, CMS Chief Information Officer] and Michelle [Snyder, CMS Chief Operating Officer] to sign. … It is very possible that this report will be reviewed at some point by OIG, and could see the light of day in other ways.”
  • CMS reduced internal access to user account metrics when the media reported accurate figures, suspecting a leak within CMS. CMS’s Marianne Bowen wrote, “[s]ome of the metrics that are being reported are showing up in newspapers and they’re close enough to reality to know someone with knowledge of the metrics is talking.”
  • In response to draft talking points that explained the problems occurring at ObamaCare Call Centers, CMS’s Julie Bataille wrote, “We NEVER want to say most of this publicly. We need consumers to call us and not worry about these details.”
  • In violation of federal record-keeping rules, Administrator Tavenner deleted her emails, and instructed subordinates to do so as well. In an email, dated October 5, 2013, Ms. Tavenner forwarded a complaint from Jeanne Lambrew, a key White House advisor, about call center workers giving callers incorrect information: “Please delete this email –but please see if we can work on call script [redacted].”
  • CMS removed Healthcare.gov code from open source project, Github, for public relations reasons because developers were publicly criticizing the code: “[t]his Github project has turned into a place for programmers to bash our system, submit service requests (!) and now people have started copying Marketplace source code that they can see and making edits to that (!!). … I am sure there may be some blowback from this decision but I think it is better to take a short term hit with this deletion than to let this bashing of the source code continue on our official Github site on an ongoing basis.”
“Even today, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office informs Congress that CMS refuses to provide reports on 13 Healthcare.gov ‘security incidents’ for its audit of efforts taken by CMS to ensure the site’s security. What vulnerabilities to sensitive personal information is CMS still so intent on hiding from an independent government auditor?,” said Chairman Darrell Issa. “The new report offers Americans insight into how this Administration secretly responded to known security vulnerabilities while plotting to keep the truth from the American people.”

Read the full report below its worth it: